Nonprofit news roundup, 02.21.14

Hayes to head Guilford Nonprofit Consortium

Steven M. Hayes, community relations officer for the Guilford County Department of Social Services, has been named director of the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, effective March 17.

Hayes will succeed Donna  Newton, who stepped down to become director of the new Workforce Initiative at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

At the Department Social Services, Hayes previously served as social services division director; human resources manager; and coordinator of Families for Kids, a program that placed children with special needs in adoptive homes, shortened the length of time they were in the foster system, and kept them in stable placements in adoptive home for a longer period. He also worked as a child welfare trainer.

The Consortium, which has over 250 member organizations, grew out of efforts in 2003 by the Community Foundation and Weaver Foundation to establish a collaborative of nonprofits in Guilford County that would foster mutual assistance and support and create a more efficient and effective nonprofit sector.

In addition to the Community Foundation, current funders of the Consortium include the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, Cemala Foundation, Cone Health Foundation, Hayden-Harman Foundation, Weaver Foundation and American Express.

Heart Association raises $230,000, honors LaBauer family

The American Heart Association attracted 300 community and business leaders and raised over $230,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education programs at the 2014 Guilford Heart Ball on February 1.

The Heart Association also honored the LeBauer family at the Heart Ball with an inaugural 2014 Visionary Award for their dedication and leadership in creating a healthier community through generations of medical contributions.

In 1920, Joe LeBauer moved his silk hosiery operation to Greensboro from New Jersey. His sons Sidney and Maurice, started practicing medicine in the Jefferson Pilot building in downtown Greensboro in 1931.

Sydney LeBauer was chair of the first Heart Ball in Greensboro.

And his sons — Joe, a cardiologist; Sam, a gastroenterologist; and Eugene, a pulmonary and allergy medicine specialist — joined the family practice.

Reynolds American gives $11.6 million

Winston-Salem-based Reynolds American and its affiliates, related private charitable foundations and employees donated roughly $11.6 million to a wide range of nonprofits in 2013.

The Reynolds American Foundation donated $6.1 million in 2013, including employee matching grants.

The Foundation’s largest contributions were to Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and the annual campaign of the United Way of Forsyth County, which also received nearly $1 million from company employees.

Reynolds American and its operating companies, including  R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, contributed a combined $4 million to nonprofits in 2013.

Episcopal Diocese receives $25,000

A Moveable Feast, a program of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, has received a $25,000 from Trinity Wall Street through its Wildcard Awards that provide seed money for innovative organizations that can be agents of positive change.

A Movable Feast aims to serve young adults through a mobile campus ministry serving four schools and offering food and communion service; engaging adults ages 18 to 35 to become pastors of the mobile ministry; and helping local parishes develop sustainable ways of reaching out to the campuses.

Triangle United Way teams with HCL Technologies

United Way of the Greater Triangle has formed a partnership with HCL Technologies, an information-technology services company, to develop a program to help increase graduation rates for girls and young women ages 11 to 19.

Known as GirlSTRIDE, or Girls Striving to Reach Ideals in Education, the 12-month program will include academic instruction, tutoring, community service, mentoring, topical discussions, college tours, computer access for families, and parental engagement.

Student U, a Durham nonprofit, has been selected as the initial community provider to run the program.

Wake Forest students win Ethics Bowl

Wake Forest University and Gardner-Webb University received first and second place, respectively, in the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities 3rd Annual Ethics Bowl.

The theme for the event, held February 7-8 at the Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, was “Ethics in Health Care.”

Twenty schools participated in the event.

Presenting sponsors were Duke Energy and Wells Fargo, and other sponsors included Ads Infinitum, AT&T, BCWH Architects, Burlington Industries/International Textile Group, Dominion NC Power, Fidelity Investments, George Foundation, Martin Marietta Materials, Piedmont Natural Gas and Theo Davis Printing.

NCICU serves as the statewide office for North Carolina’s 36 private, nonprofit liberal arts, comprehensive and research colleges and universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Hospice to name new center for Lusk

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro will name its new caregiving education and administrative center for the late Dr. John Alexander Lusk III.

Lusk, who died in 2010, was one of the original volunteers to serve on the steering committee that established the nonprofit over 33 years ago.

He is credited with making the first patient referral to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, and served for many years as the organization’s medical director, working until days before he died.

Construction workers broke ground for the new center in January.

The project, including the land, will cost between $3.75 million and $4 million.

Teague, Freyaldenhoven & Freyaldenhoven Architects and Planners of Greensboro has designed the 15,000 square-foot center.

Lomax Construction has been awarded the contract for construction work.

Over the past 10 years, the average number of patients Hospice serves on any given day has more than doubled to 350 from 170, requiring a 62.2 percent increase in its staffing.

The Lusk Center will allow Hospice to relocate staff from overcrowded workspaces and bring its long-term care hospice teams, currently in leased space, back to its main campus.

And the educational portion of the building will allow Hospice to resume offering community outreach and professional education.

AT&T gives $300,000 for new evening program for Project L.I.F.T.

AT&T is contributing $300,000 and will be the major underwriter for a new evening program for Project L.I.F.T., a Charlotte initiative that aims improve outcomes and eliminate education disparities for minority and low-income students.

The new evening program aims to provide alternative learning opportunities for students for whom a traditional day program has not been a good fit.

Launched in 2012, Project L.I.F.T. serves 7,500 students at nine schools, including West Charlotte High School, which saw a 15 point percent increase in the graduation rate from 2012 to 2013.

Wake Salvation Army partners to serve homeless children

Since The Salvation Army of Wake County launched it in 2011, Project CATCH, or Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless, has assisted 950 homeless children in Wake County.

Through the program, The Salvation Army partners with nine shelter programs in Wake County to offer educational and health services and resources to children experiencing homelessness.

Project CATCH also works to enrich children’s lives outside of shelter life and expose them to new opportunities and stimulate their minds.

Four times year, Project CATCH and the Wake County Public School System collaborate with Marbles Kid’s Museum to offer workshops designed to help families learn about issues related to school.  The most recent workshop was held February 28.

Wake County is home to roughly 2,000  children ages five to 18 years old who are homeless, excluding homeless children who are not enrolled or are too young for school.

Bailey’s gives over $42,000

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Raleigh donated over $42,000 to local charities in 2013 through its A Time to Give program, raising the most funds since it launched the program in 2008. Since then, Bailey’s has donated over $185,000 through the program to the communities where its stores are located, including Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Greenville and Fayetteville.

Through the program, Bailey’s provides customers with a complimentary watch battery replacement and in exchange asks that a donation be made to that month’s designated charity.

Each month Bailey’s selects a different nonprofit organization to receive the donations.

Two join board at North Carolina Community Foundation

Juan Austin, senior vice president for the Wells Fargo Foundation for North Carolina and South Carolina, and Katharine Harrison Hardin, office administrator for James C. Hardin III, a law firm that specializes in estate planning, have joined the statewide board of directors of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Easter Seals UCP elects three to board

Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia named three members to its board of directors, including Tammi Moore, a licensed psychologist and founder and president of Western Wake Counseling and Psychological Services in Cary; Katina Dorton, a partner with CoRise, a financial advisory, consulting and investment firm in Raleigh; and Michael O’Donnell of Raleigh, a strategic advisor to the board of directors and executive leadership for WasteZero, a company specializing in municipal solid waste metering systems and services.

Easter Seals UCP is a Raleigh-based nonprofit that offers local programs that connect children, families and adults managing disabilities and mental health challenges to services and resources.

Junior League of Greensboro honors office manager

The Junior League of Greensboro presented an honorary membership to Carolyn Liu, who has been the organization’s office manager since 1989.

Reynolda House creates digital communications post

Trish Oxford, who in 2012 joined the Reynolda House Museum of American Art as part-time audience engagement and communications specialist, has been named assistant director of marketing and communications.

The new position will focus on digital communications and reaching an online audience.

Applications available for BJH Foundation grants

2014 application forms for grants from BJH Foundation for Senior Services are available on the foundation’s website for nonprofits serving Jewish older adults in the Carolinas.

Last year, the Foundation awarded 21 grants totaling over $203,230 to help fund programs such as elder day care, congregational nurse programs, social worker programs, home and community services, guardianship and care management.

Over the past 7 years, the Foundation has awarded over 130 grants totaling more than $1.4 million.

Thompson Child & Family Focus adds neurofeedback program

Thompson Child & Family Focus in Charlotte is adding neurofeedback – a form of biofeedback – to the therapeutic services it provides to children ages five to 15. Thompson, which will be the first psychiatric residential treatment program in Charlotte to offer neurofeedback services, has contracted with Focus Centers of Asheville to provide those services for its pilot program.

Habitat Greensboro teams with VF Corporation

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro is beginning the first new house start of 2014 at 1643 Sunrise Valley Drive. VF Corporation is sponsoring the house.

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